By Dianne Bunis

Whether you're invited to a holiday cookie exchange or would like to give home-baked gifts this season, make an easy, sweet and delicious bar cookie! Enjoyed at a recent party with family and friends, this recipe is from Carolyn Grund, of central New York.

Happy Holidays and happy baking!

Hello Dolly bar cookies, 2 dozen


1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (take about 8 and pulse in a food processor)

1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Holiday colored nonpareils sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 9-by-9-inch baking pan. Melt butter in microwave until just melted when stirred. Add graham cracker crumbs, mix then press evenly into the bottom of baking pan.

Next, layer the coconut on top of graham cracker base and drizzle a little of the condensed milk over. Then add chocolate chips and more condensed milk. Add chopped walnuts and remaining condensed milk. Sprinkle top with nonpareils.

Bake in oven 20-25 minutes. Thoroughly cool and then cut into rectangles or squares.

Gift package ideas: Place cut squares into mini cupcake liners, then in a box and tie with ribbon or raffia. Print the recipe and tie it on, too!